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shuktara home for young adults with disabilities - 2017 February - watching Butoh on the roof

Butoh performance on the shuktara roof

Bridget Scott has been to Kolkata before, but this is the first time she has danced for shuktara.

Bridget is from London and lives in Kyoto, Japan where she has been studying two Japanese dance forms: the avant garde style of Butoh and a very traditional form known as Nihon Buyoh.

On Friday evening 24th February 2017 Bridget came to shuktara boys home and performed a selection of Buyoh and Butoh for the young people from both of our homes on our rooftop.

The staff had decorated the roof with saris and placed beautiful textiles on the floor for everyone to sit on.

Bridget started with Buyoh and then did Butoh and some improvisation where she removed her obi (the tie around her waist) and ran around and in between the young people and staff of shuktara allowing them to hold and touch the obi as she ran.

It was an exciting, emotional and interactive performance and deeply moving as well because it was the night of Maha Shivaratri here in India.

We thank Maura Hurley for introducing Bridget to us and special thanks to Bridget who had a heartfelt wish to perform for our young people. We appreciated it. THANK YOU!

shuktara home for disabled girls - Drawing of Guria by Mary Cooper, age 6

Drawing of Guria by Mary, age 6

shuktara home for disabled girls - Guria smiling
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Judith Harris is a friend of David’s from the UK who like him has always had a passion for India. Since visiting him and the shuktara homes in Kolkata she has become a committed supporter, particularly of the girls.

Judith’s 6-year-old daughter Mary has a growing awareness of shuktara, and she has shown a genuine interest in Guria and her life there. Please read below how important Judith feels our posts, updates and stories about shuktara are, and how deeply they have affected Mary.

Hi David,
Basically I always share with my children your newsletters and the photos you post on Instagram. I talk to them about how your children were abandoned on the streets of Kolkata and that they now have a wonderful loving home and family. We talk also about their disabilities. Mary knows all about how Guria cannot speak and cannot walk or sit unaided. She followed all the photos of Guria having her splints made and now has her standing box.

She seems to have developed a real genuine interest and is always asking to see more photos. Even though she is so young she seems to have grasped that even though the children have suffered such misfortune and physical adversity, they are strong and can find joy in their lives. It really helps both my children to get an insight into how children live in other parts of the world and understand a bit about children living with disabilities.

It is amazing what a positive force it is for children from a young age to understand about different cultures and also that there are children in the world that have so much less than we do here in Britain. I honestly feel that it sets them up to be more open minded and embracing of the differences between us all.

Of course there is my love of India and for me I feel in a small way I can give back through my involvement in shuktara. What is so powerful however about shuktara and having visited in person is the sheer joy and family feeling that you have helped generate. Now that my children are also expressing an interest, our personal enrichment from our small involvement has further increased.

Mary drew this picture without any prompt from me.

Judith x (Mary's mother)

shuktara home for young adults with disability - 2017 February - Raja is given a photo of his daughter, Oindrila

Raja has a daughter, Oindrila

Pappu had not wanted to tell anyone our news about Raja until he felt that the time was right. He feels now that everyone ought to know that he got married!

In February 2014 he married a deaf girl called Riya and they now have a daughter, Oindrila who was born on 28th August 2015.

Raja and his family live independently as do Kedar and Sanjay. Every day Raja stops by to visit us and continues to do his painting in the shuktara boy’s house.

about Raja...

photo by Sarah Annay

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Tom Ingoldby running Brighton Marathon for shuktara

I'm running for a cause which is very close to my family's heart, Shuktara Trust (UK). Shuktara was set up by David Earp, a family friend, and provides homes for children and young people with disabilities in India.

Many of shuktara’s young people have suffered terrible hardship and discrimination. Because of their disabilities they were written off as incapable of learning, developing as individuals or integrating into society.

Tom Ingoldby

Visit Tom's fundraising page to learn more about Tom and donate to support shuktara:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tom-Ingoldby1

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More photos from Saraswati Puja

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Subhash update

It was in September last year (2016) that Pappu Mishra received the call about a young man with cerebral palsy found on the street alone. Taken by the police to a nursing home, Pappu went and found him in a room tied to a bed and arranged for him to be transferred to shuktara immediately.

Life has changed for Subhash Kumar. He now has a name and home!

Read more about Subhash. #shuktaramiracle